Jeff Bridge

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Jeff Bridge

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Appearances: 1 Goals: 0

Date / Year of birth: 17th October 1940

Position: Right-back

Season of first appearance: 1967/68

Season of last appearance: 1967/68

Also played for: Rochdale (0), Radcliffe Borough, Bromley, Gravesend & Northfleet, Adelaide Lion (Australia), Noarlunga United (Australia), Birkalla Rovers (Australia), Mitcham United (Australia) and Flinders University (Australia)

Defender born in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester who started his career with 4th Division club Rochdale. Jeff joined the club in 1956 as a 16 year-old and played in the Dale's reserves for three years up to the end of the 1959/60 campaign.

In the summer of 1960 he joined Lancashire League outfit Radcliffe Borough and Jeff spent two seasons there before moving south to start a course at the University of London in 1962.

He played for the University's football team and after completing his studies Jeff signed for Isthmian League club Bromley in 1964.

He was still a Bromley player when he joined Margate on trial in December 1967 aged 27. Jeff made his debut at right-back in a 3-2 win over Erith & Belvedere in a Kent Floodlight Cup tie at Hartsdown Park on 4.12.67 but it was his only first team appearance and he then returned to Hayes Lane.

In the summer of 1968 Jeff guested for Margate during a pre-season tour of West Germany.

At some point around 1970 he featured in several midweek matches for Gravesend & Northfleet under an assumed name but Jeff continued playing for Bromley in between and stayed with the club until 1972. He was a woodwork teacher at a school in Eltham, London for most of the eight years he was at Hayes Lane.

After leaving Bromley Jeff spent a couple of years playing for an amateur club called Catford Strollers and in 1974 he emigrated to Australia.

After arriving in Australia he signed for Adelaide Lion who played in the South Australian Amateur Soccer League and were part of the Ukrainian Sports Club Lion organisation. Jeff spent two years there.

In 1976 he joined Adelaide-based Noarlunga of the South Australia 2nd Division and Jeff spent a season with the club before linking up with Birkalla in 1977.

Birkalla also played in the South Australia 2nd Division and were based in Adelaide. Jeff spent two years with them up to 1979 but then moved on to Mitcham.

He became the Victorian District League Division 2 club's player-coach and Jeff celebrated his 40th birthday in 1980 during his spell with Mitcham.

In 1982 he linked up with Flinders University of the South Australian Metropolitan League as player-coach and Jeff finished his career there in 1984.

He then moved away from Adelaide to take up a teaching appointment in a rural area - 'The bush' as it's called in Australia.

In 2012 Jeff was living in Stirling, South Australia and had retired from teaching.











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